Russia Banned from Competing at Winter Olympics

Russia Banned from Competing at Winter Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has banned Russia from competing at next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, following an investigation into allegations of state-sponsored doping at the 2014 Games hosted by Russia in Sochi.

The ‘Schmid Report’ studied by the IOC Executive Board addressed manipulation at the anti-doping laboratory in Sochi, which targeted the Olympic Games directly. The IOC state ‘over 17 months of extensive work, the Schmid commission gathered evidence and information and held hearings with all the main actors. Due process, to which every individual and every organisation is entitled, was followed’.

The conclusions of the Schmid Report, on both factual and legal aspects, confirmed “the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russia. Therefore, the Schmid Commission made several recommendations to the IOC Executive Board.

After discussing and approving the Schmid Report, the IOC has decided to suspend the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) with immediate effect.

Individual athletes who can prove they are clean will compete under the name Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR). ‘They will compete with a uniform bearing this name and under the Olympic Flag. The Olympic Anthem will be played in any ceremony’.

The full IOC statement can be found here.

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